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Government ignores Vidarbha farmers in drought relief aid
The five-million distressed and debt-ridden Vidarbha farmers who are facing severe crop failure in cotton, paddy, pluses and soyabean due to untimely rain and sudden climate change have expressed shock over their exclusion from Rs 778 crore drought assistance to Maharashtra from National Disaster Response Fund.

VIDARBHA FARMERS have urged the Central government to provide them special relief aid so that “five million dry land farmers who are victims of wrong selection of cash crops” are not faced to end their lives, Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) informed in a press release.

The complete focus of centre and state is restricted to western Maharashtra and the apathy gets clear from the fact that local administration has not even bothered to send a single official report about severe crop failure in Vidarbha to the central government.

Vidarbha agrarian crisis has entered seventh year now and a farmer suicide is being reported since June 2005 after every eight hours and as per official government records more than 9000 dry land farmers have killed themselves due to distress and despair.

“More than 3 million distressed farmers are denied food security, health services and alternate sustainable source of livelihood, forcing them to kill themselves and CM is being kept in the dark by administration by giving rosy picture of Vidarbha, which is our main cause of worry,” Tiwari added.

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